Category Archives: Art

Silent Sunday – 31August

Jim Lambie’s Barrowland tribute will totally brighten your day…

 Jim Lambie art installation in Glasgow

Take the time for GSA

The Glasgow School of Art degree show launches this weekend – the event that almost never was. In light of the tragic fire, it’s a much more scaled down version. Each Fine Art student will exhibit a single image that they only had one weekend to prepare.

The Glasgow School of Art degree show  - 2014Some students lost all their art work; others have work that may be salvaged.  But when they submitted their showcase image, they didn’t know what state their work was in.  The potency of each image submitted is still to be revealed.

Images might range from elements of planned degree show work to hurriedly created emergency art. And while this showcase can never replace the  commitment and artistic vision every student poured into their projects over the past four years, it certainly stands as a marker combining art and history that must be seen.

So just don’t feel sad about the loss. Go, appreciate and show your support.

See the showcase from 14-21 June at The McLellan Galleries (Renfrew Street entrance). 10am – 5pm.

Silent Sunday – 20 April

Drop that Easter egg & get to Glasgow International – on til 21 April

GI festival - wheel chair at GOMA

Art is all around – Glasgow International

Glasgow is a city with a constant hub of visual art. But Glasgow International (GI)  has a wonderful way of putting art in your way – so you literally can’t miss it.

The Briggait has been overrun with the build up to GI. Inflatable ladders leading up to my office on the balcony offer an alternative route down. The exhibition, Reclaimed – The Second Life of Sculpture – explores the historical and contemporary work, including some of that’s not seen the light of day for two decades.

Some of the exhibits are a flashback to the 80s. So stroll around this eclectic mix and absorb it all.

It’s ok to touch

GI festival in Glasgow- GOMAThe GoMA is home to my favourite exhibition – Things to Come by Aleksandra Domanvoic.  A must see.  Art you can touch is always an exciting novelty – and you can walk through this art.

And if you fancy learning more, check out the small DVD library of films you can borrow for 48 hours. Brilliant.

There’s a huge programme of events happening across Glasgow for GI until the 21April, including talks, walks and workshops. So go on – stumble across some art across the city, try out a workshop and discover something new and wonderful.

– B

Silent Sunday – 6 April

Fun and games at the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)

GOMA in Glasgow

The unmissable Jack

Jack Vettriano ticket at Kelvingrove in GlasgowThere are some things that simply look better in person. Jack Vettriano’s magnificent works of art are certainly one of them.

You just don’t see them –  you breathe them in, truly experiencing  each captivating scene.  So if you can get yourself to the Kelvingrove before the 23 February, do.

This prolific artist often divides people’s opinion.  Adore him or loathe him, there is no denying that his artistry is worth seeing in person.

Face-to-face with the butler

Admiring acclaimed works like the ‘Singing Butler’ is nothing short of mesmerising. Her red dress burst off the canvas and contrasting colours and textures intoxicate my mind. And I’m certain I detect a gust of wind sweep by from the blustery scene.

It’s also nice to discover Mr Vettriano’s other more recent, but equally magnificent, ‘Scorched’  of a sun-drenched sultry bather.  Room after room after room  continues to enthrall and enthuse.  How many beautiful paintings can one man paint?  Many.

Colour your memories beautiful

Jack Vettranio wall at Kelvingrove in GlasgowDiscovering some of his sources of inspiration  – from Scarlet O’Hara, to David Bowie and Leonard Cohen – gives particular insight into his life, loves and work.

And though I can’t take any pictures, my memories are now vividly coloured with hypnotic scenery.

A tip – book your tickets in advance to skip the queue.  Or if like us you didn’t think ahead, do stick around for 20 minutes wait – it is worth every second.

– T

Art is all around you

The next time you’re out, take a closer look around.  Some of the ‘wall art’ decorating Glasgow’s bars, pubs and (ahem) loos is really rather quite charming.

Some of our favourites:


Nice and Sleazy wall art

Congratulations Alana and golden hamster
What are yours? And do you know the golden hamster?

– T

The art of the matter

It’s no secret that we love Glasgow.  A lot.

Glasgow street art - taxi cab with balloonsIt’s an eclectic treasure trove of discovery – one that never ceases to amaze and surprise.

Especially us.

But sometimes even we are at a loss for words to truly describe our appreciation for this ‘dear green place’.

So this week we’ll let some of Glasgow’s impressive street art do the talking.

Glasgow street art - girl with a magnifying glass

Artfully done…

If a picture’s worth a thousand words – these  would definitely include ones like inspiring, captivating, clever and even energising.

Next time you’re out,  go on play a game of I spy.  Keep your eyes open for the impressive street art transforming our city into a colourful collage of vibrant wonder.

Discover and enjoy!


Silent Sunday – 28 April

Explore and experience the GSA exhibit at the Glue Factory.
Be quick – only on until 2 May.

GSA exhibit at the Glue Factory - Safe Passage










GSA exhibit at the Glue Factory TVs






GSA exhibit at the Glue Factory - blue pillows






GSA exhibit at the Glue Factory small images


GSA exhibits at the Glue Factory stick in the mind

Glasgow School of Art third years have taken over the Glue Factory for their annual Fine Art Photography exhibition.

GSA exhibit at the Glue FactoryThis relatively new space at Speirs Lock is deceptively large with rooms off rooms, walls in unexpected places and tantalising doors round every corner. Perfect really.

The living installations that welcomes us offers hugs to all as we enter,  though only some accept the gentle gesture.  Beyond their embrace is a range of exhibits including video installations of hearts being sewn up and people eating their favourite foods, though not together – thankfully.

The variety of photos and prints include an eclectic range from a man standing on water to a stark and honest depiction of someone’s stay in hospital.  There’s even a screening room with a selection of short films and a makeshift auditorium.

See, experience and enjoy

For me the highlights include a compelling video installation, Look by Pavel Dousěk.  The simplicity of a guy initially sideways then turning to look directly at me – intensely – as if he truly sees me, well it sends shivers up my spine.  I can’t help but watch him in the video again and again – and still believe that in some way he actually sees me.  Haunting.

To restore my sense of peace I turn to Hannah Blackwell’s 124 – a large square print cut into literally 10,000 tiny squares then intricately reassembled on the wall, maintaining the overall image.  It’s easy to get lost in the gaps between the tiny squares and look for the image – it almost seems to move.

Bring out your inner artist

Frank McElhinney’s interactive Safe Passage GSoABut my favourite exhibition is Frank McElhinney’s interactive Safe Passage.  Initially I’m greeted by a wall of hand-drawn medieval ships representing the thousands of people who died at Bannockburn. I’m then invited to draw my own ship using coloured ink and rollers laid out by the artist.  Once I complete my drawing, I exchange it for a ship from the wall and my picture replaces it, actually becoming part of the exhibition.

An ever evolving selection of ships, change from moment-to-moment as people take existing prints and add their own.  And although my mighty ship remains on the wall throughout the exhibition and my friend’s disappears after only minutes – I’m not letting that dampen my spirit.  Because not only did I visit an exhibition, I became part of one.

See the extraordinary talent on offer – it’s free and fantastic but fleeting – only on till 2 May.